How To Hang Your Curtains

The way you hang your curtains can truly transform a room, adding an instant depth, texture, and a pop of personality to your space. Whether you're a seasoned interior design pro or you’re picking up a pair of curtains for the first time, we're here to guide you through the process. 

With our handy measuring tips and expert curtain advice, you’ll achieve that perfect, polished look in no time at all.

So, let's dive in and discover the secrets to hanging curtains like a pro.

How to Hang Your Loop Top or Eyelet Curtains

You’ll be glad to know that eyelet and loop top curtains are so easy to hang, they almost do it themselves.

You will need: 

  • Curtain Pole & Wall Brackets 
  • Secret Linen Store loop top or eyelet curtains 


  1. Give your curtains a quick iron on a cool temperature before hanging.

  2. Lay your curtain panels on the floor or bed and thread your pole through the loops at the top of each curtain (making sure they’re facing the right way with the label at the back!).

  3. Place the pole back up on the brackets, and... tadah! You’re done.

  4. You might want to pop a steamer back over your curtains, but otherwise, any unwanted creases should fall out within a couple of days. 

  5. Sit down with a cuppa and admire your lovely new curtains!

How To Hang Pencil Pleat Curtains

We've made our pencil pleat curtains with standard heading tape stitched across the top. Our heading tape gives you three positions to place your hooks — simply slide your hooks into the level that works best for you. Each curtain comes with three strings on either side. These will be used to gather your curtains and pull your pretty pleats into place.

You will need:

  • Curtain Pole & Wall Brackets (or a curtain track if using)
  • Curtain Hooks
  • Curtain Rings (not necessary for a curtain track)
  • Secret Linen Store pencil pleat curtains


Here are a few steps for getting the perfect hang on your pencil pleat curtains.

  1. Before you begin, iron your curtains if needed.

Top tip: For blackout curtains, avoid the lining, as this is prone to heat damage.

  1. Next, measure your pole and divide the measurement by two so that you know how wide each curtain needs to be.

  2. Take one of the curtain panels and gently pull the strings on one end to gather your curtain until it’s roughly the same width as half your curtain pole or track.

  3. Tie your strings together to secure.

Top tip: Don’t do your knot too tight so that you can easily undo it if you want to adjust in future.

  1. Gently adjust the pleats so that they are all distributed evenly across the curtain for a uniform look.

  2. Repeat the above steps on the second curtain and tuck away any loose strings for a clean finish.

  3. You now need to choose which level of the header you’d like to place your hooks.

Top tip: If you’re using a track, we recommend using the bottom level so there is enough fabric above the hooks to hide the track.

Measure the distance between your pole or track and where you want your curtain hem to fall to and then choose the level on your curtain header that will give you the right length. The bottom option will make your curtains sit higher, the top level will give you a little more length.

  1. Working out how many curtain rings you have for each curtain, distribute the same number of curtain hooks evenly across the curtains (half on each curtain), threading the hooks up into the tape and positioning them so that the tail of each hook points down so they are nice and secure. If using a curtain track you simply count the gliders and use the same number of hooks. You will probably be inserting a hook every 10-15cm along your header tape.

  2. With the rings in place on the pole, start at one end of one of your panels and attach the hooks to the curtain rings until both your curtain panels are in position.

  3. Draw your curtains to check they are evenly gathered and fit the space to cover your window nicely.

  4. Any creases will fall out in a week or so, or you could use a steamer if you have one to hand.

  5. Sit back and admire with a nice hot cup of tea!

How to Hang Curtain Poles

Where would curtains be without curtain rods? Well, likely on the floor. So, knowing how to install curtain rods is vital for curtain hanging.

You Will Need:

  • Curtain Poles
  • Wall-Mount Brackets
  • Screws and a Drill


  1. Measure your window’s width and height. Mark the spots for your brackets 15-20cm on either side and at least 15cm above the window.

  2. Position the wall-mount brackets and mark the screw holes. Drill guide holes and fasten the brackets securely.

  3. Place the curtain rod on the brackets, ensuring it extends slightly beyond the window frame to allow in more light when the curtains are open.

How to Hang Curtains From Your Ceiling

Ceiling-hung curtains work wonderfully as a room divider or simply to make a room look tall; it’s just a question of how to hang them.

You Will Need:

  • Ceiling-Mount Brackets
  • Curtain Rods
  • Screws and a Drill


  1. Measure the width of the window or ceiling area and the floor-to-ceiling distance.

  2. Mark the spots for your brackets evenly. Check alignment with a carpenter’s level.

  3. Drill into the ceiling joists for strong support and screw in the brackets.

  4. Follow the same steps as hanging from a wall-mount bracket.

Tips for Perfect Curtain Hanging

  • Avoid Short Curtains: Curtains should either hover a few inches above the floor or extend slightly below the windowsill to avoid dust gathering, and to create a spacious look.
  • Double Rods for Layering: Use double rod brackets for hanging sheer and blackout curtains together, adding both style and functionality to your space.

Now you know how to hang your wonderful Secret Linen curtains, take a look at our guide on how to keep them looking lovely or contact us with your curtain queries.

Give our other guides a browse, too, and discover more about our gorgeous collections and how you can use them to transform your humble abode.